All About Heathlands
Heathlands is an average sized primary school. However, we pride ourselves in maintaining a small school ethos. All of the children are well known by the staff and the emphasis is on individual development. We believe in the importance of the partnership between home and school and strive hard to ensure a strong three way liaison between parent, child and school. By working closely together, we can enable our children to achieve their full potential in a school where they feel secure, well cared for and happy.
Our vision statement and school aims reflect this.
Over the academic year 2010-11, we reviewed our school vision statement and aims. This was done in consultation with staff, pupils, governors and parents/carers and they are reviewed annually in September.
The overriding message was the importance placed on the skills and attributes our pupils should develop. We agreed that they should be easy to understand for adults and children. With this in mind, we agreed the following:
Our vision statement is:
ACHIEVE SUCCEED FLY
Our school aims are:
By the time pupils leave Heathlands, they should….
.….be able to take responsibility for their own learning and understand the need to work hard to achieve their goals
….be confident and happy with who they are and the choices they make
….treat others with respect and recognise that diversity is an asset
.…learn and develop trust and loyalty
….make an effective contribution to society
….be prepared for the future and the world in which they live
….provide an exciting and stimulating creative curriculum for all children to achieve and succeed
….offer a safe and secure environment in which pupils can take risks
….encourage an ethos of equality and value for all individuals and challenge discrimination of any kind
.…empower and inspire by encouraging a spirit of enquiry and critical thinking
Developing Skills and Fostering Attitudes
In order to achieve these aims, our pupils will need to develop their skills and attitudes to others. They will not develop them by accident and we need to take a progressive and proactive approach to their development.
Throughout the years, we will develop these skills and attitudes in a variety of ways, including:
- Continuing to develop an inclusive curriculum to ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities
- Planning and delivering high quality activities with learning objectives linked to specific skills and attitudes
eg SEAL, DARE, CASE, Circle time
- Use of class, key stage and whole school assemblies to explore themes consistently through the school
- Whole school events, external visits and the use of visitors in school will all be used to widen the breadth of
experiences for our pupils and enable them to practise their skills in a variety of situations
- Developing opportunities for pupils to discover and learn independently
- Encourage pupils to become responsible members of the school community eg School Council, reading partners,
playground buddies, class/school monitors
- Adults who work within the school will set clear and high expectations of behaviour and attitudes, ‘leading by
example’ and modelling appropriate behaviour patterns
- Opportunities for parents/carers to learn alongside their children in class or on specific courses
School and Class Code of Conduct
It is a primary aim of our school that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. The school’s Valuing Diversity Strategy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the school can live and work together in an effective and considerate way. It aims to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and secure; an environment where people can work together with the common purpose of helping others learn to become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school community. This strategy is not a system to enforce rules and regulations.
The school expects every member of the school community to behave in a considerate way towards others. We treat all children fairly and apply this strategy in a consistent way.
These ‘rules’ have been formulated in consultation with staff and pupils. They are intended to reflect the aims of the school and the values that we believe are important. They should been seen as an agreed Code of Conduct for all people (pupils and adults) who are within our school to adhere to.
At Heathlands Primary School and Foundation Stage we……
… are kind, polite and considerate to everyone all of the time
… take care of our school and everything in it
… try our best and let each other learn
… are safe in and around school
…always tell the truth
The Code of Conduct is on display throughout the school, in classrooms and communal areas. It is revisited annually at the start of each academic year during assemblies and class time. Staff ensure that the Code of Conduct is high profile and referred to when praising good behaviour or sanctioning inappropriate behaviour.
Individual classes also develop their own Code of Conduct. These are appropriate to the age and development of the pupils. They are linked to the whole school ethos and positively worded in a way that sets out clear expectations of conduct. These codes are referred to regularly and may need to be revisited and revised during the year.
For more information about this, please see our Valuing Diversity Strategy.
The School Day
The times of school at Heathlands
Registration and first session 8.55 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
Morning Break 10.30 a.m. – 10.45 a.m.
Second session (F2/Y1/Y2) 10.45 a.m. – 11.50 a.m.
Second session (Y3-6) 10.45 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Lunch break (F2/Y1/Y2) 11.50 a.m. – 12.50 p.m.
Lunch break (Y3-6) 12.00 noon - 1.00 p.m.
Registration and afternoon session
(F2/Y1/Y2) 12.50 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
Registration and afternoon session
(Y3-6) 1.00 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
The school positively promotes school uniform or school colours and sweatshirts, fleeces and polo shirts are available from The School Wear Centre in Mansfield, as well as Tesco online and Crystal Knitwear in Mansfield. We believe this dress code helps to give the children both pride in their appearance and a sense of school identity. Please support us by encouraging your child to wear our uniform.
White or blue – shirt or polo shirt
Grey black or navy – trousers or shorts
Royal blue or grey – jumper, sweatshirt or fleece
White or blue – blouse or polo shirt
Grey, black or navy – skirt or pinafore
Royal blue or grey – jumper, cardigan, sweatshirt or fleece
Blue or blue and white – dress
Jeans are not permitted in school. Dark trainers are accepted, provided they are smart.
P.E. kit (in a drawstring bag)
Heathlands P.E. T-shirt (available as above) or white T-shirt
Warm tracksuit or other warm clothing for outdoor winter games
Jewellery is not allowed in school other than watches and stud earrings in pierced ears, both of which must be removed during P.E. and swimming (under Nottinghamshire County Council directives).
School Meals and Milk
Children may choose to have a school dinner, or to bring their own sandwich meal. The dinners cooked on the premises by our own Cook Supervisor are both tasty and nutritious. Dinner money is collected every Monday morning. If your child is bringing a packed lunch, please ensure that all containers are safe, unbreakable and labelled with your child’s name.
Please note that if you are receiving certain benefits, your child may be entiteld to free school meals. Also, under the Government's new legislation, all children in F2, Y1 and Y2 are entitled to free school meals. Please ask at the school office for further information.
The children are cared for at lunchtime by the Midday Supervisors and it is expected that the children show the same respect to these staff members as they do to teachers.
All children may order and pay for a daily carton of milk and this scheme is run by CoolMilk, details of which are available from school.